INDUSTRIOUS 15 MINUTES OF FAME: MEET KATE S!
1) What (who) brought you to Industrious?
When we found out we were moving from Virginia to Washington State in 2016, our family came out in February to tour schools, look at houses, and to try out CrossFit boxes. I tried out a few, but once I tried out Industrious (on the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday so…nearly two years ago to the day!), I knew I found the right gym.
2) What is the most significant change-whether social, physical, mental…you have experienced since you have been here? How long have you been a member?
I was a CrossFit athlete for four years in Virginia before arriving at Industrious. They had challenging workouts and I loved the people and trainers, but there was no daily strength component like at Industrious. Not that I wanted them! This component—especially heavy squats!—humbled me in a big way. For the first few months, I often had tears in my eyes because my numbers were so much lower than what I thought they should be. But I kept showing up and adding on kilos and slowly but surely, I improved. And I’m still improving. And, some days, I’m still humbled. But that’s okay.
3) What is your favorite thing about Industrious?
Like everyone else, I love the people—the other moms who are pushing themselves through the workout because they are struggling through life and kids and relationships in tough and beautiful ways. It’s like life: we’re all working hard and sometimes it feels like we’re barely making it—but we’re working hard, doing our best, and laughing at ourselves the whole time. All of that is made easier and better with good people around you.
4) What are your goals or aspirations for this year?
I find the Open so inspiring! Every year I tell myself to keep up the motivation to maintain the gains I’ve earned right before and during the Open… This year I’m REALLY going to do it.
5) Share one thing we do NOT know about you!
I speak Thai! I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand from 2000-2002; I lived in a tiny village in the province of Uttaradit (about halfway between Chiang Mai and Bangkok). I was the only English speaker, so if I wanted to eat or chit-chat (which I love to do), I had to do it all in Thai. It’s not the most useful language, but I come in handy at Thai restaurants. 🙂